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1880-S Beaded Reverse Half Sovereign

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With 80,000 pieces struck, the 1880 Sydney was always going to be a scarce issue, the estimated survival count is about 1500 pieces distributed among two types. The piece was struck at the Sydney branch of the Royal mint as denoted by the S mintmark under the shield.

S mintmark under the shield indicating Sydney mint

This, the beaded reverse type can be differentiated by having a beaded rim on the reverse side as opposed to a tooth or crenulated reverse for the remaining coins.

This, the beaded reverse variety

The crenulated reverse variety

While the beaded reverse type is typically considered to the be more common of the two, collectors of high grade half sovereigns will be aware of just how difficult the type is to acquire in mint stateeven when compared to the crenulated type which has a number of high grade examples known. The finest that sold through the Reserve Bank Sale was graded EF which sold for about $6,000 (Downies, 2005).

a facility that produces coinsThe tails side of the coinA substance composed of several metalsThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinA cylindrical punch with an inverted impression of a coin's design used to strike the coinThe edge around a coin, often with beading or denticles(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Melbourne Museum, 2016)(Melbourne Mint Australia, 2013)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Downies, 2005)Downies, 2005The state of a coin which has not been in circulation

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